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36 posts • joined 11 Mar 2009

Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: What about the AIR quality

The oxygen levels are not really that low; you are never above 8500 feet pressure altitude, which means about 75% c.f. Sea Level.

The air is partially recycled only; and that is passed through extremely-fine filters to remove bacteria/dust.

The big problem with cabin air is ozone. If you fly on aircraft with no ozone scrubbers, or even old ozone scrubbers, it reacts with organic compounds on your skin and clothes, creating all sorts of irritants. This is particularly noticeable in the eye and nose areas.

Finally, all Boeings prior to the 787 did not do what Airbus have always done, which is to spray what little water was removed by the air compressors back into the intakes. So most Boeings have extremely dry air (way worse than the Sahara) which can also affect the eyes and nose in particular. Using lip-salve in the nose will really help.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: Try landing a real aeroplane before commenting

Well said, particularly the last two sentences.

p.s. Yes I have landed real aircraft...many types and many times.

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Re: 14 years?

No they don't; the vast majority are hand-flown for at least the last few miles.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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You'll probably have to fly as freight, then....... 747-8 is also a disaster (that cannot fly within 50 miles of a thunderstorm). Total of 8 passenger variants sold; tells you who good it is.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Now patched by 10.9.2

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

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Nice one.

I've just ditched the Chocolate-factory's Chrome for Aviator and it works well.

I like the "Protected"/"Not protected" flag; pretty user-friendly all round (and compatible with most extensions).

Good job and thanks for the info, El Reg!

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Groundbreaking Camino browser digs grave, jumps in

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Pint

rpfryett@gmail.com

What a shame; Camino's a great little browser.

Thanks to all the devs past and present; hope your next project(s) fare better in the long-run.

Salut!

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: Plastic Smastic - folded metal rules

Metal. Detectors.

That's what this is all about.

Surprises you, clearly.

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Very true. All the way up to siege mortars and Main Battle-tank guns.

Plastic MBT design next? Would be great fun!

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Re: A few points of order

...and then the Brits whipped your butts when you tried to take Canada a few years later.

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Re: Pointless argument

Absolutely correct. And if it's painted in gun-metal or black, how would the targets even know it's plastic anyway?

Maybe it's not much more dangerous than a replica, but not many people will think it's anything other than a proper pistol.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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Re: @censored

You have a battery-powered XBox?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Good job!

Great list, well done; must have been a nightmare to choose.

Yie Ar Kung Fu was the title of the game I've been wracking my brains to remember for years; that really was a great game. You could learn superb moves, but the game learned to avoid them, so you had to save your best moves for the last opponents, making progress through all the levels a self-imposed balancing-act; brilliant!

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Sky rudely barges TalkTalk off the top-three UK ISP podium

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WTF?

The amazing thing is....

...that anyone's still with the utter garbage that is TalkTalk.

I left when they set up a second Direct Debit for my "free" broadband. When I queried it, they said it was free....when they got around to modding my exchange!

So I told them to stick it and they tried to charge a cancellation fee, even though I was in the free cooling-off period. Ended up having a stand-up row with the team that was meant to smooth-talk me into staying, over BS like the meaning of "free".

Talk Talk. are utter, utter mouth-breathing, phone-salesman, low-life, amoral, lying, scheming, dishonest shits.

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Meet Shenzhen, tech capital of China

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Flame

Extreme Capitalism

Shit.

Hole.

The pollution, noise and ugliness of that place is hellish.

Only when these money-obssessed locusts have eaten or concreted over every thing will they realise:

You can't eat money.

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OpenWave fires ten-gun patent broadsides at Apple AND Google

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FAIL

Contradiction

"But these patents aren't broad because they were filed by a troll looking to make money: OpenWave was genuinely breaking new ground and doing things which had never been done before.

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But that was a decade ago, and last August the company publicly recognised that its most valuable asset was its patent portfolio. "

Those two sentences are surely contradictory?

Were they just about to release a server-based speech-recognition application? Highly doubtful, isn't it?

OpenWave look exactly like a troll looking to make money out of holding up progress, to me.....

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Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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Complete and utter bollocks

This is complete and utter bollocks from Airbus.

Engines are podded forward of the wing main-spar for a reason (uncontained failures do still happen) and the regulators won't be changing that requirement, probably ever, especially on engines that "need" less servicing.

Formation flying is incredibly difficult in small, manoeuvrable fighters; in large aircraft with masses more momentum, it would be harder still. Again, the regulators wouldn't even countenance it, for sure.

Flying in another aircraft's vortices is not "free lift", it's turbulence...!

Wings already adapt to wind conditions; they use flaps and slats (some settings are specifically designed for gusty or strong-wind conditions) and that's all that's needed, thanks.

At least they are moving towards "flying-wing" designs forms, though; that's a good start.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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Hea(r)t-warming

See title.

Funny how the eco-mentalists like to discount the heating effects of the fusion of millions of tons of hydrogen every second......

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

RPF

rpfryett@gmail.com

My understanding is it's called "Black" Friday because it's when retailers generally move into the black (profit colour) on their accounts, due to Thanksgiving's buying frenzy.

So, no racist angle there.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

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A superb set-up

Just bought mine with an SSD and the non-glossy Hi-res Screen and it is fantastic. I got the non-glossy because I can't stand the reflectiveness of the normal set-up and the Hi-Res (1680 x 1050) is a nice bonus, making for a great desktop space.

With the SSD, this thing IS silent and starts up in about 10 seconds. Apps launch almost instantly. I am very happy with it and hope it will be powerful and reliable enough to last 5 years or so, which will make it pretty good value.

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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

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Aha!

What about the size of the pages - is that defined? Apple could just use the required font and use bigger pages :-)

Hat,coat,etc.

p.s.

What's the difference between a lawyer and a parasite?

Parasites leave you alone once you die.....

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Making sport of browser security, hackers topple IE, Safari

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Firefox....

...also fell quickly. Why no mention of that?

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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You've got to....

...fit an SSD to these, If you can. The difference is unbelievable. Mine boots up in about 10 seconds and programs launch immediately. No more watching the bouncing dock icon whilst listening to the drive click about inside - fabulous!

I went for the 15' because I just can't get along with those reflective "glossy' screens and the extra resolution is a nice bonus - 1680 x 1050 makes for a great amount of viewing space.

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Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

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Paper Logbooks

I am an airline pilot, so please let me add something to the debate.

No-one runs laptop-based Maintenance Manuals, as these manuals are what the regulators audit regularly and/or use to prosecute licensed pilots/engineers if things go wrong. If they were electronic, they could be tampered with to cover things up, so they won't allow this.

The story is that this aircraft had a huge history of slat/flap problems that the central maintenance computer should have picked up and alerted the engineer controllers to bring it into the hangar and rectify. It did not and here is where the Trojans/OS issue is brought up.

The end result was that the pilots were trying to keep to schedule (long day, close to limits for duty time, etc) when the flaps would not extend. So they taxied back to the stand (more delay) for the engineer to rectify it. He over-rode some of the protections (and warnings) to get the job done, it appears. In their rush to recover the delay, the pilots forgot to run the flaps for take-off, there was no warning any more, people died.

So yes the ultimate blame lies with the pilots, but then the pilots are usually the last line of defence against systemic problems with the operation - an operation in this case possibly affected by Trojans! The Trojans didn't directly cause the crash, but crashes are usually caused by many little errors/conflicts and they were one part of that.

Just so you can enjoy your next flights, aircraft do not run Windows or similar commercial ("non-critical" OSes)

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Google mocks Steve Jobs with Chrome-Flash merger

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Jobs Halo

Bye-bye Chrome (hello Camino)

Well that's Chrome un-installed from my (OS X) machine, then!

Would I trust the advertiser Google to "do no evil" with Flash? errr, no.

Flash is just a battery-cooking app. in OS X (and not much else is)

Steve's da man!

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Roboplane tech can deal with air-traffic control directly

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FAIL

OOPS

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/fail_32.png So are ATC incapable of making mistakes, then? I would not want to trust my life to someone with no flying skills, no threat of death if they make a mistake, nor to a worn-out, low-paid single pilot trying to monitor if there is one! How comfortable would you feel flying through Chinese/Philippine/Indonesian/Korean/Middle-Eastern/African/S-American airspace, with their piss-poor controllers?

Air Traffickers (particularly in the US) have always resented the pay levels of pilots (despite the fact a lot of pilots are now paid less!) and want to replace them. I really hope this experiment gets nowhere, because a lot of people will lose their lives to it.

Of course accuracy was greater, Mr GE-Goebbels, the system works more quickly. But accuracy in current aviation is not a problem, safety is, so stop introducing irrelevances.

One more word for consideration by this muppet blanket-stackers: WEATHER!

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Stargazers spy super-Earth waterworld

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Pint

200°C water-world?

Shouldn't that be a "Steam-World" then. at least on the surface?

The biggest distillery yet known to man, perhaps?

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Government lets CCTV watchdog off the leash

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WTF?

This just after...

...admitting that CCTV is useless for crime-prevention?

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Research suggests Wii Fit is no flab fighter

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4 minutes a day?

No wonder there was no benefit after 6 months!

Compare that with the average of 5 HOURS a day of TV-watching in the US and is it a surprise that the lard-quotient is almost unchanged?

I bet if they stuck to 30 minutes or more a day there would be significant benefits, but I guess Wii Fit is just plain DULL?

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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

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My 3 favourite Finder improvements.....

1) FruitMenu (for heirachical menus)

2) MenuMeters (for network monitor)

3) iStatMenus (for the calendar widget)

All nerfed - damn! Hope the fixes don't take too long, as I won't be able to upgrade and enjoy the speed increases until at least 2 are fixed.

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Lockheed engineer: F-22 Raptor Stealth tech is 'defective'

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Stop

@Danny 5

"it's still stealthy enough due to it's massive range" - sooooo, the U-2, the Airbus A340-500 or B777-300ER are REALLY stealthy?

"i've read that the machine can actually keep flying even when both wings AND it's tail is shot" - did it say in this piece for how long? I'd suggest it would be 'flying' a parabola at that stage and definitely no further!

Maybe you need to check your sources of "information".

Personally I think that F-22 is the ultimate fighter, even if possibly not quite as stealthy as claimed (shock!) and to say that they're not needed is like saying dodos never needed to fly!

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in June 2009 release

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Lets the side down...

Shame about that slow HDD... ...why use such poor-performance hardware in such a fine machine?

Those "uni-bodies" do feel so much stronger than the previous model (I am one of those seething previous-model guys, although at least I paid nothing like £1799!), but to NEVER be able to change the battery is of concern; I'd be worried every time I unplugged the thing!

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Pilots plot air raid on Jacqui over ID cards

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@Dennis

Unbelievably,

The crews DO get treated pretty much the same way (although not from Immigration, but "Security") because the security staff love being able to order around pilots/cabin crew and force them to take shoes off/empty bags out and mess them around. Also crews have to do it far more often than passengers, don't forget. Fancy going through such pain every day you go to work?

Good for BALPA, I say.

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ACT backs Microsoft in Brussels' IE legal spat

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IT Angle

RE: It's just a typical EC shakedown

Industry Leaders:

Nokia,

Pagani,

Ferrari,

Mercedes-Benz,

BMW,

Audi,

McLaren,

QinetiQ,

Novartis,

Airbus,

BAe Systems,

Rolls-Royce,

French Nuclear Industry,

.......or do you just mean Information Tech?

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Boffins list sci-fi words which wormed their way into dictionary

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Go

What about...

1) STAR WARS; The name of the anti-missile systems started by Ronnie Reagan? Did that go into the Dictionary?

2) The Borg COLLECTIVE; that word's been there for a long time, collective!

3) STAR TREK; Both very old words I reckon!

4) FOREVER WAR....

yeesh!

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Court rules airline secret security list is stupid

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@Take 6 men

Bit difficult to open the doors when the aircraft is pressurised....!

What I want to know is, why would anyone want the list to be secret? What's the point?

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